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1381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tactics Ogre on: November 25, 2010, 02:18:44 PM
I'm happy we are getting DLC that is FREE for a change,lol.

You're tellin' me...sad thing is, I woulda bought it if it wasn't free anyways.>_<
1382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic on: November 25, 2010, 01:31:59 PM
Just thought I'd bump this thread and mention that I got Suikoden III today. I'll post my thoughts once I sink a good deal of time into it.
1383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Imageepoch JRPG Conference. on: November 25, 2010, 08:58:14 AM
I think the thing that interests me the most from the conference is their announcement of a JRPG remake of a 'classic' title. I wonder what that could be.

It's a classic PC title, so I wouldn't get my hopes up.

That still has me curious.
1384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 24, 2010, 10:22:14 PM
i know its an MMO but i think 11 has the best story/stories.

From what I've played of it, I'd have to agree, or at least say it's in the top 3. It was the sole reason I played it for hours on end, despite never finding a good party.

Care to explain? I always just thought MMORPG's were all about playing with other people, or at the least, not about story in any way.

I dunno, I guess it just has a more compelling overall storyline than most, if any other MMORPGs contain. The characters were all likeable, too. The local, the fleshed-out lore - It all just sucked me in. More MMOs need to do that. I think Dragon Quest IX will be the closest thing I get to that again, even FF14 seems to have less emphasis on the story.
1385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 24, 2010, 09:38:28 PM
I just watched a video review of Devil Summoner King Radou 2, and I am sold! I'll pick it up when I got to Gamestop this weekend, and I'll try to reserve it tomorrow morning just in case. I know how crazy Black Friday can get...
1386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 24, 2010, 09:15:16 PM
i know its an MMO but i think 11 has the best story/stories.

From what I've played of it, I'd have to agree, or at least say it's in the top 3. It was the sole reason I played it for hours on end, despite never finding a good party.
1387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Imageepoch JRPG Conference. on: November 24, 2010, 07:26:37 PM
Watched the trailers, color me interested.
1388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 24, 2010, 04:59:36 PM
Tactics does count right? I believe the story has aged well. Going from a pawn to a real catalyst in the war really made me feel Ramza's development and motivations. Also, I think the story took the whole "church is evil" theme to a different level...as well as "war sucks, no one wins in the end".

 For main series...I'll have to say X was the best. The immersion was there save for the cheesy parts...heck it was so good I actually played through X-2 for closure. I wouldn't put myself through that torture if X's story was horrid...haha

Not playing down your tastes or anything, but it's also feasible that you played it because of the production values at the time, and because of your own investment in the game. I certainly feel that way with some games. Only weeks, months, or years later do I really sit down and analyse what I've been playing. It takes time to get away from your fandom, as well as a want to eradicate as much bias as possible. It's hard, but necessary for earnest critique in the end.

I realise not everyone likes doing this with their media, but I'm a big fan of analysis. I like a certain amount of being honest with myself about questions of quality, and I do encourage it in others.


I don't think you are at all. But we have to remember these are games we've played years ago anyways (most of us). I'm just speaking from my recent replays of these games. Although it's interesting to read unbiased opinions on games (especially pre-purchase). I believe it's the personal fandom, bias, and connections to the story the really make it "stick" to me. Like VIII used to me my favorite story...till I grew up...hehe

Yeah, FF4 used to be my fave, but now I realize that it's not the story, but the pacing that grabbed me. For an RPG, it moves pretty fast and doesn't waste a whole lot of time. The story itself is...well, I guess I still like it, but its far from the best I've experienced. I'm not sure what else deserves such a title, though. I've only been playing RPGs for a few years.

On a side note, I'm glad to see that not everyone listed Final Fantasy IV or VI. That's honestly a first for me, but then again, the other forums I went to are mostly Nintendo centric, so I suppose its to be expected.
1389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i may not be the biggest fan of the older final fantasies..... on: November 24, 2010, 04:29:41 PM
Cloud? Maybe, but people accuse him of it anyway. Zidane? Outside of some points in the story, not likely! But I also think people blow Squall out of proportion there when he's mostly a loner who, as I recall, is easily annoyed by other people, and I think people are outright idiots for saying Cloud's an emo. Advent Children aside, but screw that interpretation.

I blame Advent Children for convincing me to avoid the series for as long as I did.
1390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 24, 2010, 03:46:57 PM
Of course Tactics counts. =) All the games in the series are up for consideration. It's all your opinions, after all.

8's story is shit. Thankfully, most of the game focused on individual character portrayal, which I thought was the best in the series.

But if we're talking plot, specifically? They all sucked. At least FF6 probably had the least amount of face-palms. I love FFIX, but it takes some real crapper's in the flow towards the end. FFX was a tad padantic and drawn out.

Gotta go with FF6, but they all suck. Play games for characters, dialog, setting, and gameplay.

I consider Characters, dialogue, and setting part of the story, personally. Afterall, where would the story go without them?

That said, to me FFX fell really flat in its delivery, and I feel like in its delivery, it was a shallow, shell of the game it was meant to be. I enjoyed Rikku, the battle system, and that's really about it. Heck, even the visuals didn't feel as polished as say, FFVIII. Sure, higher polygon counts, fully 3d environments, etc. But FFVIII had that cool insta-transition to FMV that I think really helped incorporate the cutscenes into the narrative. With FFX, it felt like a major step backwards. That's a very personal artistic gripe though, and one I'm sure most people don't share.

I have to agree, FFX could've been great, but the excecution really held it back. I still got to get to the ending, though.
1391  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_Which system to get? on: November 24, 2010, 03:41:10 PM
The PSP and get some more games on your DS. All 3 systems are really lagging this gen when in comes to RPGs. If you really must get one, though, I suggest the PS3, since the only exclusive RPGs on the 360 are pretty disappointing.
1392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 23, 2010, 08:24:56 PM
I'm really just asking for a fan's opinion on this, and you don't have to have played them all, really just asking out of the ones you have played. Also, to any potential smart alecks, I don't even care if you think they all suck. In that case which one sucks the least?

As for my two cents...that's about all I got. I have only played one game in the series from start to finish (Final Fantasy XIII with my brother, and I actually quite enjoyed the story), so I can't really comment on what game has the best just yet.
1393  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i may not be the biggest fan of the older final fantasies..... on: November 23, 2010, 03:38:31 PM
I'd like to do a FF series play through like archendrus did w/ phantasy star.


At least 1-6.

Ooo I'm game =D I actually don't think I've played V at all (the re-numbering still confuses me) I played the PSP verision of 1 breifly and played IV when it used to be II but never beat it.  VI was responsible for solidifying my obessesion with the genre...when it was still called III.  So that's 3 out of 6 that I've never played.  

I think I'm going to do this once I finish Fallout 3, DDS, and DQ 8.

That should be probably around Feb or so.

I'll play the 1st two on the PSP since they can be got for cheap. F3 has to be on DS, right?

Now should I get IV via FF Chronicles on psx or the DS version? I'll probably do Chronicles so I can finally have Chrono Trigger as well.

Then I'll just get Anthology as well.

Word, sounds like a plan =D I gotta finish up Persona 1 and MS Saga so Feb works.

Count me in, too.=)
1394  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i may not be the biggest fan of the older final fantasies..... on: November 22, 2010, 09:43:59 PM
but one thing i do like about FFV wich im slowly playing through right now is the humor in it.

I second that. The humor makes the game that much better IMO. One of the reasons why its my fave in the series.^_^
1395  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 22, 2010, 09:42:37 PM
Control-F "Parasite Eve"
Shame on you.  Shame on all of you.

At least someone mentioned Shadow Hearts.

You might want to try Valkyria Chronicles, since that's something of an alternate reality Earth with some fantasy elements thrown in to make it more interesting.  I think it's what you're looking for.

Jeanne d'Arc is, erm, historical but to be taken very lightly.  Historical Fantasy is a good way to put it.

I'll personally recommend Skies of Arcadia.  It most certainly is neither futuristic or medieval.  It's stuck at the weird place in-between, but it might not be what you're looking for since it's not based on modern times.

You might be interested in some of the Wild ARMs games.  Some of them are also in the "stuck in-between" two bit, but aren't directly medieval or futuristic.


I don't know how I forgot about all of those games, but I second all of that. Especially VC, Jeanna d'Arc, Skies of Arcadia, and Wild Arms.
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